The start-up life can be extremely exciting, but it’s important to know the warning signs and how to cope before entering the hot mess that is your new start-up.

It can be hard to gain traction in a saturated market, and getting funded will only mean more work for you. 

But if you don’t take care of yourself , especially when times get rough, you risk becoming stressed, burnt out, and unproductive. Here at has some more information about warning signs and how to cope up in life.

Do not fret: your creativity can be redirected towards other aspects of your life outside of work. Just make sure to take breaks and prioritize mental health so that no one has to worry about you at work.

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Here are some warning signs that you’re burning the candle at both ends:

1. Your health is suffering.

You are constantly tired, have no appetite, and are so busy you can’t remember to take care of yourself, let alone go to the doctor. When you feel like your mind is elsewhere, it’s time to rethink what’s important in your life. 

You should be able to find time for proper meals and sleep even when deadlines loom. It’s okay to take breaks! Ease off on the caffeine consumption, too  it can be extremely addictive. 

Make sure not to drink more than two cups of coffee a day. Tea and green tea are recommended instead. (It’s no wonder that green tea has become such a popular health drink in Japan.)

2. You’re unable to get work done, let alone attend to personal stuff.

You’re constantly busy and can’t get things done because what you really need is a break and time to think about these problems (or whatever else is on your mind). You should be able to clearly identify what you should stop doing and what you should start doing instead. 

Make time for yourself to take care of your needs , whether it’s meditation, exercise, or focusing on hobbies ,so that you have more energy when you sit down at your desk to work on projects.

3. You’re not getting the work done that you need to be done.

You’re always behind, or you can’t meet deadlines, or maybe it’s just not great quality at all. Your productivity is down, and you should be mindful of this. It’s okay if your days are hectic; it’s okay if priorities are out of order. 

But you should still prioritize getting things done so that the rest of your life runs smoothly. If you have to call in sick because you can’t get to work, do so without worry or guilt! Just focus on being well again so that you can return to work after your time off.

4. You feel like you’re losing the plot.

You’re constantly preoccupied with thoughts of what your future will look like, whether you’ll be successful, or even if your business will be around long enough to matter. 

You shouldn’t get caught up in these thoughts or ideas; instead, focus on the present by doing what’s necessary right now. 

It’s okay to take a step back occasionally and think about your goals, but take care of your mental health as much as you would for physical health.

5. You can’t seem to find a way out of this mess.

It seems as though you have no idea how to turn things around, so you become overwhelmed and frustrated at times. You feel like you’re in the deepest part of the rabbit hole. It’s okay to feel anxious when you’re in an unfamiliar situation, but there’s no need to get hopeless when you’re in the middle of a tough period.

Take a step back and figure out how you can turn things around. Just because your business isn’t going the way it originally planned doesn’t mean that everything is lost! Keep optimistically positive.

6. You feel so trapped.

You’ve been put in a really difficult position, and it’s hard to move forward or do anything new. Life seems so relentless, so overwhelming. Life is not all doom and gloom, though! You can always find a way to create happiness, even during the most trying of times. 

It’s okay to cry sometimes, but don’t allow yourself to lose sight of your dreams or goals just because they are difficult to accomplish. They may look unattainable right now, but they’re not if you just realize that they’re within reach.

7. You don’t feel like you have any power in your life.

You’re always pushed to do more, to output more, and to move faster, but it’s okay if you can’t. Taking breaks is important so that you can have clear ideas of how you want to prioritize your activities. 

If you are stuck in a position where you have no control, or need help with something outside of your industry or area of expertise, ask for help. Just because you lack the answers doesn’t mean that there’s no hope.



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